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Portable Electrical Generators

A home owner purchased gas-powered electrical generator can be installed outside the home for use when a power outage occurs. These generators typically range between 2000 W. and 5000 W., easily enough to handle the needs of a typical home. For many rural areas in Central Wisconsin, power interruptions aren't uncommon. Luke's Electric can help with a safe, reliable, professional installation.

In an emergency, power from your generator is directed to your existing breaker panel, either to all circuits or (more commonly) only to essential circuits. This is done through a manual switch which we install. Our service includes training you in how to start up and switch power over to the generator, at no additional charge.

Depending on placement and wattage capacity of the portable generator, you can have the security and peace of mind that comes from knowing your home and family will always have a reliable source of power. Prices range from as little as $800 up to $1500, installed, guaranteed, and ready to use, from Luke's Electric.

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The ampacity of the conductors from the generator terminals to the first distribution device(s) containing overcurrent protection shall not be less than 115 percent of the nameplate current rating of the generator. It shall be permitted to size the neutral conductors in accordance with 220.22. Conductors that must carry ground-fault currents shall not be smaller than required by 250.24(B). Neutral conductors of dc generators that must carry ground-fault currents shall not be smaller than the minimum required size of the largest conductor."

"Exception: Where the design and operation of the generator prevent overloading, the ampacity of the conductors shall not be less than 100 percent of the nameplate current rating of the generator."

445.14 Protection of Live Parts. Live parts of generators operated at more than 50 volts to ground shall not be exposed to accidental contact where accessible to unqualified persons.

445.15 Guards for Attendants. Where necessary for the safety of attendants, the requirements of 430.233 shall apply.

445.16 Bushings. Where wires pass through an opening in an enclosure, conduit box, or barrier, a bushing shall be used to protect the conductors from the edges of an opening having sharp edges. The bushing shall have smooth, well-rounded surfaces where it may be in contact with the conductors. If used where oils, grease, or other contaminants may be present, the bushing shall be made of a material not deleteriously affected.

445.17 Generator Terminal Housings. Generator terminal housings shall comply with 430.12. Where a horsepower rating is required to determine the required minimum size of the generator terminal housing, the full-load current of the generator shall be compared with comparable motors in Table 430.247 through Table 430.250. The higher horsepower rating of Table 430.247 and Table 430.250 shall be used whenever the generator selection is between two ratings.

445.18 Disconnecting Means Required for Generators. Generators shall be equipped with disconnect(s) by means of which the generator and all protective devices and control apparatus are able to be disconnected entirely from the circuits supplied by the generator except where both of the following conditions apply:
(1) The driving means for the generator can be readily shut down.
(2) The generator is not arranged to operate in parallel with another generator or other source ofvoltage.

"445.19 Generators
Generators Supplying Multiple Loads.
A single generator supplying more than one load, or multiple generators operating in parallel, shall be permitted to supply either of the following:
(1) A vertical switchboard with separate sections
(2) Individual enclosures with overcurrent protection tapped from a single feeder for load separation and distribution.